Work-in-progress seminar: Dan Wolt

Is Aristotelian character virtue a non-rational state?

By Dan Wolt (Bilkent, Philosophy)

Date: Tuesday January 5, 2021

Time: 1330-1500 (GMT+3)

This is an online event. All are welcome. If you would like to listen to the talk please click on the following link when the event is due to begin. 

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Meeting ID: 858 9841 8318
Passcode: 872642

Abstract: It is widely believed that for Aristotle virtue of character is a purely non-rational state: a disposition to feel certain emotions in certain ways in certain circumstances and react accordingly. This presents both philosophical and textual challenges; the idea is implausible on its face, and it is hard to reconcile with some of Aristotle’s own comments about virtue of character. In this essay I argue that this is because Aristotle never intended to claim that virtue of character as a purely non-rational state. The appearance to the contrary is based on a misinterpretation of certain comments Aristotle makes early in the treatise, a misinterpretation that stems from failure adequately to appreciate the work’s somewhat unusual structure.

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